European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD)
Tees Valley has a notional EAFRD allocation of £1.1 million (the sterling value may change dependent on exchange rate fluctuations). EAFRD is focused on investment to support economic growth, job creation and skills development in rural areas.
The two key themes for Tees Valley are Business Development Grants and Tourism Infrastructure.
Business Developments Grants will offer capital grants to micro and small businesses in Tees Valley key rural sectors. Priority will be given to projects that will allow diversification of farming businesses into non-agricultural activities or are rural businesses from the LEP priority sectors or their wider supply chain.
The aim of the Tourism Infrastructure call is to enhance the tourism offer in Tees Valley, increase visitor spend and attract visitors to stay longer. Priority will be given to projects to enhance and support the development of events and festivals; indicative themes may include traditional crafts, skills, music and drama in rural areas.
Support may also be provided to develop access to infrastructure; develop cycle ways and footpaths which have the potential to contribute, through enhanced connectivity, to the development of a network of major visitor attractions across Tees Valley.
Call information and guidance can be accessed here. Deadline for Expressions of Interest has been extended to 31st May 2018.
If you have any questions in relation to EAFRD please contact Sue Donnelly at Tees Valley Combined Authority, firstname.lastname@example.org (01642 524422).